Mum, 22, ‘died’ for 68 minutes after suffering
AMUM whose heart stopped for more than an hour when she gave birth woke from a coma believing she was 13.
After suffering four devastating miscarriages, Shannon Everett was delighted to discover she was pregnant with a sibling for her threeyear-old daughter Mika.
But during labour, the 22-year-old suffered a rare amniotic fluid embolism, plunging her into cardiac arrest, and she began haemorrhaging.
Doctors were able to bring her back from the brink of death after 68 minutes, after delivering her baby boy Nico.
Shannon, from Cwmbran, was placed in a medically induced coma to save her life last September.
When she was woken two weeks later, her family was devastated to discover her memory was severely affected, and she no idea she had two children and a fiancé, Ioan.
Her mum Nicola Everett said: “We went to the hospital that day in September expecting to come home with a new baby, but it’s like we have another child, too, because Shannon needs a lot of care.”
The family are fundraising to raise money towards that care.
Nicola, a full-time carer herself, said: “She kept calling me ‘mammy’ and when we asked her where she lived, she gave us the address for a house we’d lived in when she was 13.
“She had no idea who her fiancé was and didn’t believe us when we told her she had two kids. It was like she’d forgotten her whole life and thought she was a teenager again.”
After spending six weeks in hospital, Shannon was finally discharged last week and is being cared for by her mother at her parents’ home; a half-hour bus journey from Ioan and their children.
Nicola said: “The brain injury has really affected her sight.
“Sadly, she is almost unable to see anything.
“She can just make out the outline of shapes.
“Bonding with Nico has been difficult, because she has no memories of being pregnant or giving birth.
“Ioan brought in videos of their three-year-old daughter Mika which at least helped to jog her memory of her.”
Slowly, the family have tried to bring back memories for Shannon, but she is still missing large parts of her life.
She is also having intensive physiotherapy, which doctors hope will help her to relearn how to do everything from feeding herself to taking a few steps.
Although Shannon has worked hard to learn to sit up, move her arms and even take a few steps, she is still mainly confined to a wheelchair and needs help to do most things.
Nicola said: “I have a disabled daughter, Evie, so my house is already adapted for a wheelchair and I can help to care for her.
“Our aim is to find a house closer to us for Ioan and the children, so they can spend as much time together as possible, as they are currently about a half-hour bus ride away.”
Nicola said: “We’re so proud of Shannon and how far she has come.
“Recently, her grandad asked her what has made her push herself so hard and she told him it’s all for her children.
“It’s been such a difficult few weeks and we just want her family to be together again.”
Nicola is determined to work with Shannon to restore her mobility and memory, with their ultimate goal being for her to walk down the aisle when she is better.
Her mother said: “When she was in intensive care, I told Ioan that I wouldn’t think any less of him if he left her, but he told me there was no way. He loved her and he knew he wanted to marry her.
“I promised him I would get her to walk down the aisle.
“It won’t be easy but I know she can do it.”
Due to the small size of Shannon’s baby, she was admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport a few days before her due date.
However, when she arrived there with Ioan and her mother by her side on the morning of September 29, doctors were shocked to discover she was already two centimetres dilated.
By 11pm the next night she was just 5cm dilated, but was shortly moved to the delivery room, where she swiftly became 10cm dilated and was told to start pushing.
Nicola said: “It was moment.
“First she told her fiancé she loved him and then me and I replied, ‘I love you too, baby.’”
Then, just before midnight, her heart stopped beating.
Nicola said: “Suddenly, I realised Shannon was unconscious. There was noise from all the machines and the room was instantly filled with doctors and nurses.
“I was just holding her head telling her to open her eyes and keep pushing.”
As the drama unfolded, doctors ushered Nicola and Ioan out of the room. The couple had tried for three years to have a second child.
Nicola said: “I didn’t want to leave a lovely
After suffering four devastating miscarriages, Shannon Everett, pictured here with fiance Ioan, was delighted to discover she was